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Customer Letter

May 4, 1920
G. & C. Merriam Company
Publishers of Genuine Webster Dictionaries Since 1843
Springfield, Mass.

William Fuld, Manufacturer,
Baltimore, Maryland

Dear Sir:

We understand that you are the manufacturer of the so-called “ouija” boards, and that “ouija” is a registered trade-mark name. Will you kindly let us know if this is correct, and also send us any further information in regard to this implement, which would probably be of interest to general readers.

We would like to know especially the history of the formation of the word which we understand is composed of the French “oui”, yes, and the German “ja”, yes; also the original pronunciation of the name and the present general pronunciation of the name, if that is different from the original pronunciation. Is the implement properly called simply “ouija” or “ouija board” or are both expressions used?

We assure you that any information which you may send us, in the interest of accuracy and good scholarship, will be much appreciated by us.

Very truly yours,

G. & C. Merriam Company